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Rocky Balboa is one of the most motivational movie characters of all time.  He has been inspiring and motivating hundreds of millions of people the world over for decades now.   Why?  Because Rocky is a metaphor for life.  He represents the opportunity we all come across at varying points in our lives. He represents that critical choice we must make to either stand up to life, or back down, to take our shot when our opportunity arises, or let it slide. But but most importantly, he embodies what it takes to win, to succeed, to achieve at anything worthwhile in life, and what it takes is a willingness to go the distance.

Achievement Requires Going The Distance.”

So, to help you endure tough times, go the distance, and get you moving in the right direction and back into the ring of life, we’ve pulled together the top 35 Rocky Quotes of all time. We hope they’ll inspire you to seize your moment, and fight for your dreams like your life depended on it, because it does.  So, with that being said, let’s dive in:

Top 35 Rocky Balboa Quotes to Help You Go The Distance

Best Rocky Quotes

1.  “Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa

2.  “All I wanna do is go the distance.”  –  Rocky Balboa

3.   “Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are.”  –  Rocky Balboa

4.  “To beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. He’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me and to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself.” – Rocky Balboa

5.  “I don’t know if you’re special. Only you’re gonna know that.”  –  Rocky Balboa

6.  “Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.”  –  Rocky Balboa

7.  “You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it.”  –  Rocky Balboa

8.  “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.” – Rocky Balboa

9.  “Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.” – Rocky Balboa

10.  “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you got to be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”  –  Rocky Balboa

Rocky Quote About Life

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11.  “If this is something you wanna do, and if this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.” – Rocky Balboa

12.  “You can take him okay, it’s all heart, you understand. It ain’t all muscle, it’s all heart. Heart and fire, heart and fire, Okay!” – Rocky Balboa

13.  “You can’t learn when you’re talking. That’s a fact of life. As long as you’re talking, you’re not listening.”  –  Rocky Balboa

14.  “It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!”  – Rocky Balboa

15.  “Time takes everybody out. Time is undefeated.”   – Rocky Balboa

16.  “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” –  Rocky Balboa

17.  “If I Can Change, You can Change. Everybody can Change!!!”  –  Rocky Balboa

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Keep Going, Just One More Round!

I don’t know about you, but after reading through these first set of quotes, I am about ready to go out and take on the world.  But don’t stop reading just yet on our account, cause you’re only halfway there. 

Keep pounding your mind with these last few Rocky quotes.  Let them saturate your mind, and then motivate you to go forth and start winning in all aspects of your life!

18.  “C’mon, champ, hit me in the face! My mom hits harder than you!”  –  Rocky Balboa

19.  “Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream.”  –  Rocky Balboa

20.  “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.”  –  Rocky Balboa

Motivational Rocky Balboa Quote

21.  “Adrian: Rocky, why do you fight? Rocky Balboa: Because I can’t sing and dance.”  –  Rocky Quote

22.  “The toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face (is in the mirror).”  –  Rocky Balboa

23.  “You see this guy staring back at you? That’s your toughest opponent. I believe that’s true in the ring and I think that’s true in life.” – Rocky Balboa

24.  “Because if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!”  –  Rocky Balboa

25.  “One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.”  –  Rocky Balboa

26. “I just want to say one thing to my wife at home. Yo Adrian… I DID IT!!!” – Rocky Balboa

27. “You know the older I get, the more things I got to leave behind, that’s life. The only thing I am asking you guys to leave on the table, is what is right.” – Rocky Balboa

28. “Mickey: Now I got a little gift for you. Wait a minute now, wait a minute. Look at this, see that. This here is the favorite thing I have on this earth, and Rocky Marciano gave me that. You know what it was? His cufflink. And now I am giving it to you. It’s gotta be like an angel on your shoulder see, and if you ever get hurt, and you feel that your going down…. this little angel is gonna whisper in your ear… and he’s gonna say…. GET UP YOU SON OF BITCH!! CAUSE MICKEY LOVES YOU! K. Rocky: Thanks Mick, I love you too.” – Rocky Quote

29. “The only difference between the hero and the coward, is the hero is willing to go for it, alright, willing to take the shot.” – Rocky Balboa

30. “Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself.”  –  Rocky Balboa

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31. “Rocky: I see three of him. Paulie: Hit the one in the middle.” – Rocky Quote

32. “Apollo: Dammit Rock, come on…what’s the matter with you!!? Rocky: Tomorrow, let’s do it tomorrow. Apollo: THERE IS NO TOMORROW!!!!” – Rocky Quote

33. “You, lay off that pet shop game. Women weaken legs.” – Mickey

34. “You know, there’s only three steps into that ring. And tonight, it’s gonna look as high as a mountain. And when you climb through them ropes, it’s gonna be the loneliest place in the world because your gonna be in there with another fighter who wants to take you out. So now you got to ask yourself, are your here to prove something to other people? Or prove something to yourself?” – Rocky Balboa

35. “I didn’t hear no bell.” – Rocky Balboa

Bonus Rocky Quote

Bonus: We thought we’d include this last bonus quote because it is the most critical. No matter where you are in on your journey to success, remember this quote. And don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

“Ain’t Nothing Over Till It’s Over.”

– Rocky Balboa –
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Final Thoughts on These Rocky Quotes

There you have it, the 35 most inspiring Rocky Balboa Quotes.  We hope they’ve given you that extra nudge you need to stand up for the life you want, and to just go for it.

And remember, these Rocky movies with all their wise quotes also secretly provide us with something special; the recipe for success.  They tell us that if we want our dreams to become a reality, we have to be willing to fight for them, we have to risk losing, and we must be willing to get back up even if (and when) we get knocked down.

So, take these Rocky Quotes heart, put them to use every day, and never stop fighting for your dreams…. because that’s how winning is done.

Till next time,


PS – If these Rocky Quotes inspired you, then you’ll really like this Inspiring Sylvester Stallone Success Story.

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